Frank Tuttle

Director, Screenwriter, Publicist
Former publicist who began his film career as a continuity writer for Paramount and began directing in the early 1920s, with occasional story and screenplay credits as well. A competent second-string talent long at ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1892 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (8)

Island of Lost Women 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

A Cry in the Night 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (Tv Show)

Director

Hell on Frisco Bay 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

This Gun For Hire 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

Waikiki Wedding 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Broadcast 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

This Is the Night 1931 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

This Gun For Hire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Story By
Other (1)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 (Movie)

film extract("This Gun For Hire" (1942)) (Other)

Biography

Former publicist who began his film career as a continuity writer for Paramount and began directing in the early 1920s, with occasional story and screenplay credits as well. A competent second-string talent long at Paramount from the mid-20s through the early 40s, Tuttle specialized in snappy comedies such as the Clara Bow vehicle "Kid Boots" (1927), the delightful semi-musical "This Is the Night" (1932), which was Cary Grant's feature debut, and "Lucky Jordan" (1942), a lighthearted WWII spy adventure with Alan Ladd. Perhaps his most notable sound film, "This Gun For Hire (1943), owes much of its success to Graham Greene's story, a terse screenplay and the interaction of Ladd's unexpressive mug and Veronica Lake's "peekaboo" hairdo.

Relationships

Daughter
had three survived him

Fredericka Staats

Wife

Carla Tuttle

Wife
Survived him

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
president of Dramatic Association

Milestones

1959

Last film, "The Island of Lost Women"

1956

Made several films in conjunction with Alan Ladd Productions

1943

Last Paramount film, "The Hour Before the Dawn"

1938

Exclusive working relations with Paramount come to an end; begins working more at other studios

1924

Began lengthy association with Paramount in capacity as director

1923

Film directing debut, "The Cradle Buster" (also screenplay)

Cooperative witness at HUAC hearings

Entered film as screen continuity writer for Paramount in early 1920s; wrote screenplay for "The Kentuckians" and "The Conquest of Canaan"

Worked as assistant editor on Vanity Fair magazine; then as publicity writer for Metropolitan Musical Bureau

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with set decorator Frank A. Tuttle, long with Columbia Pictures; this Tuttle has credits from the late 1940s into the early 70s.

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